scheme is aimed at the development of economically
weaker sections of the society in rural and urban
areas. It focuses attention on specific S&T
inputs for improvement of rural artisans, landless
labourers, etc. Emphasis is placed on multi-sectoral
approach incorporating original ideas based on locally
available resources and incorporating the direct
beneficiary groups in decision-making.
promote research, development and adaptation
of science and technology for improving quality
of life of weaker sections.
motivate scientists for applying their knowledge
and expertise to problems of the weaker communities.
Tapioca Chipping Machine Developed by field
STARS based in Kottayam, Kerela
following priority areas have been identified:
oriented innovative field program in technology
demonstration and utilization implemented by
S&T field groups working with artisans,
landless labour and other weaker sections;
generation and adaptation program by S&T
institutions, undertaken in cooperation with,
and as back up to the program of S & T field
to help the traditional artisans e.g. blacksmiths,
carpenters with a view to organizing them for
better earning/reduced drudgery through innovative
skill development, training program and adaptive
research and development.
generation and adaptation program: -
initiate field demonstration and utilization
develop and diversify existing artisan-based
production networks to economically viable,
S&T based norms of organization and production;
develop new/improved technology to improve and
diversify the local economy, utilizing local
resources to upgrade the skills of landless
labour, etc; and
and undertaking of these program in co-operation
with S&T field groups with demonstration
projects as output.